“Set along the Washington-Canada border in the 1980s, this taut little thriller by Jim Moran has a cinematic quality—tight lighting to illuminate a small corner of the stage at a time, sharp blackouts to punctuate a joke or a threat, and eccentric small-town characters that wouldn’t be out of place in movies by the Coen brothers or David Lynch. Lisa Carswell plays an earnest and dutiful border patrol agent with a drinking problem whose husband disappeared in the jungles of Vietnam. The play opens with her inspecting a wooden statuette that her new life-insurance agent (David Foubert) is bringing back from Canada. The insurance man’s constant tic of a laugh tells us there’s trouble ahead. Directed by Jane Ryan, Across a Little Red Marker has its amateurish elements (a few too many surrealistic monologues by a madwoman who carries around a cage of grasshoppers, some uncomfortable and hesitant acting in a few of the latter scenes), but this world premiere is a frisky and entertaining little play. If there is justice in the theater world, it will be worked on and picked up by bigger companies in other cities.” (Brendan Kiley)
Thu-Sat at 8pm and Sun at 2pm. Through April 7. PLEASE NOTE: there is no performance on March 31. There is a special industry night performance on Monday, April 1 at 8pm.
Tickets and info available at 206-679-3271 and at Brown Paper Tickets.